leaders that suggest they discussed the prospects of making wealthy people pay for their healthcare. Talk of a ‘two-tier’ service appears in draft minutes of a gathering of health board chief executives held in September.https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/live/bbcone
A bunch of guys, mostly, who are not leaders in any meaningful sense, of an institution based historically on the principle of free treatment for all, were tossing ideas around. One daftie came up with the above. The others laughed.
Someone leaked the draft report to John Beattie or Glen Campbell or James Cook and they thought, whoopee! No one worried about the supposed BBC editorial standards requiring them to evaluate the extent to which this is real news in the public interest.
No, if the real ‘leaders’ of the NHS in the UK, the health secretaries, had got together to discuss such matters and there was a press release, then we might worry about it, but ask managers for any ideas they have about cost-cutting and they’ll come up with a few that will never fly. A few years back, a newly arrived Scottish University principal, from Tasmania via Newcastle, got into the Herald to suggest a return to student fees. A reminder that John Knox had promised free higher education for all, around 500 years ago and that he might want to settle in a bit before shooting off, was required.